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The making of an inclusive Leiden University. Do's and Don'ts

Thursday 1 December 2016
Kamerlingh Onnes Building
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden

Leiden University along with other universities throughout the Netherlands has committed to implement major changes in order to become a more inclusive institution. Any change is challenging. Leiden University is taking the lead in adopting a critical analytical stance and is asking the key question: What does it really take for us to get there? You are invited to participate in this journey of exploration. Speakers and facilitators will provide a day of engagement and reflection.

The symposium is the occasion in the year when Leiden University would like to share with you the progress we have made with our diversity and inclusion policy. This occasion is a University-wide event from 13.00 to 21.00 hrs., with a broad programme including speakers and workshops for students, administrators, professors, researchers, lecturers and support staff. The Joris van Bergen Prize will be presented at 17.15 hrs., for the best idea for bringing Dutch and international students together. The prize is awarded by the Van Bergen Fund, whose mission is to encourage contacts between Dutch and international students.  

Afternoon programme

13.00     Reception
13.30   Welcome by symposium chair Sarita Bajnath, Team Socratisch
13.35   Opening by Carel Stolker, Rector Magnificus
13.40   Isabel Hoving, Diversity Officer Leiden University
'Looking back on 3 years of diversity and inclusion policy’
13.50   Keynote speech by Prof. Stijn Baert, University of Ghent: ‘Sticky floors’
14.30   Sketch 1, ‘Do’s and don’ts’
15.00   Break
15.30   Keynote speech by Dr Aminata Cairo, Diversity Office Leiden University
‘The Momma or Yo’ Momma: Doing Diversity and Inclusion from a Black Woman’s Perspective’
16.00 ‑ 16.30   Sketch 2, ‘Do’s and don’ts’
16.30 ‑ 17.00   Panel discussion
17.00 ‑ 17.05   Closing remarks by the chair


Evening programme

17.05 ‑ 18.00     Drinks and Joris van Bergen award
18.00 ‑ 19.00   Buffet
19.00 ‑ 19.20   Pitches by workshop leaders
19.20 ‑ 20.30   Workshops:
1. New Urban Collective
2. LU Pride
3. Kathryn Bentley’s theatre workshop
4. We stand up
20.30 ‑ 21.00   After Party

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